Monday, October 31, 2016

Downsizing and Organizing:  Trick, or Treat? 4159965-halloween-jack-o-lantern.jpg

This month, as a nod to Halloween, we have compiled our top “tricks” and the “treats” of organizing and downsizing.  Take a good look at the list of “tricks” -- these are some common tips that we use to assist in the process.  The “treats” will encourage you to get started on the journey!  

Organizational pieces
There are a variety of products out there that you can purchase and will indeed help get the organization of your home under way.  Do not break the bank by purchasing them if not needed.   Get creative! Over the door organizers can be used to hold anything:  toiletries, hats, gloves, magazines, ties, and, of course, shoes!

Visit your local dollar store and re-imagine what an ice cube tray can hold (think small, think jewelry).  How about picking up some storage buckets, in a variety of sizes, that can hold lotions under your bathroom sink!  
Multi-purpose pieces of furniture are essential to the downsizing process.  There are now foot stools that have removable or hinged tops, providing a nice storage area underneath.  Toss your couch throws and extra pillows in there.   A cute side table does not always have to be in the living room.  Bring it into your bedroom to replace a bulkier night stand.  Before you decide to give something away, re-imagine another use for it, and then use it in that new capacity!

This is by far the biggest favor that you can do for yourself.  This process will take more time than you think.  Be realistic about how much time it will take, as well as the amount of time that you are willing to spend doing it.  Keep in mind that charities that will pick up your items are, in general, booking 3-4 weeks out.  If you want to drop items off at a charity, call ahead to ensure that they will take your items.  Finally, allow yourself and your family time to adjust to all that goes into downsizing.  

Have a list of resources that you plan to reach out to.  This is to include, but not limited to:  book dealers, auctioneers, trash removal, paper shredding services and charities.  Again, be certain to know what each service will provide.  When speaking with charities, be very clear with what they are in need of, as well as any parameters they may have on the donations accepted

By far, the greatest treat that you will get from going through the process is the peace of mind that it will bring you.  Being in a more organized home is,  intrinsically soothing.  If you were able to donate some of your things you will know that you have helped someone in need.  Hopefully, along the way there were also family members who gladly accepted some of your treasures, keeping them in the family.  

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